A City Guide to Nantucket, MA


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Memorial Day is around the corner and we can’t wait to kick off the summer season featuring one of our favorite summer getaways in New England: Nantucket Island (ACK for all you locals out there). Accessible by ferry or plane and located off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Nantucket is home to nautical stripes, Nantucket reds, and preppy coastal style. Our friend, Cara Koowa Scotto, Director of Retail at THE SKINNY DIP Nantucket helped us round up a list of not to be missed spots in Nantucket this summer. And don't forget to shop our Island Haus Co. Nantucket City Collection of coffee mugs, stickers notepads, greeting cards and more.

10 Things We Love About Nantucket

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#1. The Latest Fashion Finds at The Skinny Dip

A retail collective celebrating established and emerging designers, The Skinny Dip opened their doors in the historical downtown district at Old South Wharf in 2016. Today, summer visitors and locals shop the latest trends in store or online. They also carry the Island Haus Co. Nantucket Collection of mugs, notepads, stickers, and more.

#2. Coffee from Lemon Press 

Stroll around the historical downtown with a refresher in hand from Lemon Press. This bright, brick-lined cafe with outdoor tables offers eclectic eats, smoothies & creative cocktails. The menu includes organic milk options like macadamia nut and oak milk - yes please. 

#3. World Famous Pies at Pizzeria Gemelle

Every island needs a world-famous wood-fired pizza restaurant and Pizzeria Gemelle is the one. Serving up an amazing menu of neapolitan pies and eclectic wines, add this neighborhood shop to your must do list. FYI, it’s located in the little yellow house.

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#4. The 40th Pole Beach Drive

Grab your special over-sand driving beach permit and 4 wheel drive vehicle to take advantage of cruising over white sands and gorgeous views at the stretch of beach at 40th Pole on the north side of the island. Pack a lunch and seize the day.


#5. Cold Ones from Cisco Brewers 

A local brewery, Cisco Brewers is known for live music, tastings and tours along with 3 bars serving craft beer, wine and drinks. Order a wandering haze (hazy IPA) or whale’s tale (pale ale) for a true taste of New England. 

#6. A Glow in the Dark Experience at Steps Beach 

What in the ACK is this you ask? The Phosphorescence is an annual event when glowing bioluminescent jellyfish migrate through the New England waters in late August. Experience this harmless and magical swim experience at Steps Beach on the north shore just after dark.

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#7. Sushi at Bar Yoshi

Next door to The Dip in Old South Wharf, Bar Yoshi opens with newly expanded waterfront dining for Summer 2021. Located on the waterfront at the historic Old South Wharf, the restaurant offers classic Japanese cuisine including sushi, noodles and dumplings, coupled with raw bar offerings, poke and ceviche, as well creative cocktails, sake, wine and beer.

#8. Sconset Bluff Walk

The most awe inspiring nature walk on the island, Sconset Bluff Walk is a scenic footpath with never-ending sea views that runs through backyards of homes along the bluff. Start in the village of Siasconset and stroll to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

#9. Toes in the Sand at Galley Beach

An iconic spot on the north shore since the 1920s, Galley Beach restaurant serves up delicious American fare and an extensive wine collection while over looking the Nantucket sound. Put your toes in the sand at sunset for dinner or an afternoon brunch affair - tables are located directly on the beach. 

#10. Take a selfie at Brand Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse is the second-oldest in the United States. About a 15-minute walk from the center of town, this busy spot is a fun place to watch the ferries and yachts come and go. Nearby Brant Point Grill in the White Elephant Hotel is the place to get a lobster roll and bloody Mary before heading back to town.

That's why Nantucket is one of our favorite island towns. Check out our Island Haus Co. city collection of Nantucket souvenirs including coffee mug, notepad, sticker, and city print or shop The Skinny Dip in Nantucket, MA.

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